1785-1870 — Iredell County and Alexander County, North Carolina
William BOGLE is the son of Robert and Jennet BOGLE. He was born in 1785. William BOGLE married a woman named Mary sometime before 1808. Mary's maiden name is not known. Presumably, her family was from the Iredell County area where the Bogle's were living at this time. Mary would have been born about 1790.
William and Mary had eight surviving children: Jane (1808/09), Susan (1811), a son R.B. (1814), Amanda C. (1818), Mary (1821), Eliza N. (1823), Huldah (1825), and a son W.M. born after 1826. The gap in the birth years between R.B. and Amanda suggests that another child might have been born that did not survive as that child is not listed on the 1820 census.
William and Mary are not listed on the 1810 census, but they do show up with their children on the next three censuses as living in Iredell County. In 1847, Alexander County was formed from the part of Iredell County where the Bogle’s lived. In 1850, William and Mary are listed on the census as living in Taylorsville, Alexander County. Sixty-five year old Williams’ occupation is listed as farmer and his land is valued at 500 dollars. By 1860, Mary had died and 75-year-old William was living with his daughter Eliza and son-in-law E.M. Stephenson in Taylorsville. Ten years later, William was living with his daughter Jane and son-in-law William Matheson in Taylorsville. William is listed on the census as having no occupation and real estate valued at 1000 dollars and personal estate valued at 300 dollars. He was also listed as being able to read and write
William, along with his brother James, was a member of the North Carolina militia for Iredell County and served in the War of 1812.
Hiram Bogle was a slave of William Bogle until the end of the Civil War. He was born in 1811. There is no record of when or how he came to be owned by the Bogle family. Hiram first appears on the 1820 census when he would have been 9 years old. Because of his status as a slave, Hiram was not able to legally marry. Sometime in the late 1830’s Hiram had a slave marriage with a woman named Patsey. According to census records, Patsey did not live on the Bogle family farm. In areas where families owned only a few slaves, it was not unusual for slaves from different farms to marry and even have children. Slaves were often allowed to visit between farms on Sundays when they were not required to work. When slavery ended, Hiram recorded his union with Patsey in the cohabitation records of the county. Hiram’s wife died sometime before 1880. Hiram continued to live on the Bogle family lands until his death May 10th, 1893. Hiram’s obituary was printed in The Landmark, the newspaper from Statesville. The obituary reads “Hiram Bogle, an aged and much respected colored man, died in this place on the 10th inst. During slavery he belonged to the late Wm. Bogle and was always a favorite with his master. Uncle Hiram was far above the average negro in point of intelligence. His master’s children taught him to read, and the Bible and Blum’s Almanac composed his library. He could master a chapter in the New Testament very intelligently. In slavery times he was frequently called upon to perform the marriage ceremony among the colored people all over the county, and thereby earned the title of “esquire”. He was 80 years old—quite helpless. E.M. Stevenson, Esq., our honored and esteemed townsman, had provided him a home for the last ten or twelve years.”
William died intestate in October of 1870. His grandson, Daniel Mc. Matheson was appointed administrator of William’s estate. An estate sale of William’s personal property included such items as; “woodwork of wagon, blacksmith tools, family bible, 3 books, razor strop, wash bowl, bed stead, cutting box, 3 chairs, 1 feather bed, 1 table, 1 corner cupboard, 1 clock, 1 wash pot, 1 oven lid, 1 sugar case, 1 coker, 1 tarbucket, 1 hand saw, 1 white pitcher, 1 blind bridle, 1 brass candle stick, 1 desk, 1 bureau, 1 bed and 1 old saddle”. The amount of the estate sale was $50.25. According to the estate sale, the family bible went to William and Jane Matheson. The estate record shows that William’s land was “several tracts adjoining, containing in all 343 acres more or less” and was located “on the waters of the South Yadkin, adjoining the lands of R.C. Wilson, Wm M. Smith and others”.
William’s children decided to sale the land instead of dividing it. The lands were put up for sale at auction. “J.W.P. Matheson became the last and highest bidder for the ‘Settle James Bogle’ tract containing about 44 acres and the purchaser of the same at the sum of $110.00”. "H.W. Mays being the last and highest bidder became the purchaser for the home place containing 300 acres more or less at the sum of seven hundred dollars”. The children offered the “home tract” of land for sale “subject to the encumbrance of the use of ten acres in the south west corner to Hiram Bogle during the term of his natural life”.
Their son Joseph M. Bogle went on to serve in the State Legislature.